It took Steven Greenberg four decades-from high school shop class through a long business career as an executive trainer-to follow his calling as a woodworker, designing and crafting bespoke furniture. But it wasn’t until last August that he found his true passion: Passing on that love of woodworking to Philadelphians looking for a way into the workforce.
This in-studio interview featured Steve Greenberg from Furnishing A Future discussing his workforce development project aimed at teaching returning citizens carpentry skills for the job market. PhillyCAM is one of 15 news organizations in the Philadelphia Reentry Reporting Collaborative (https://reentryreporting.org), a solutions-oriented journalism initiative focusing on the challenges of prisoner reentry.
Philadelphia Reentry Coalition wants to solve for the ‘severe lack of data on returning citizens’ – Generocity Philly
That was before we met Aviva Tevah . Tevah is the coalition’s ambitious young director, a subject matter expert with a stacked criminal justice résumé: Nearly two years working at Rikers with a New York-based reentry nonprofit, another two working with reentrants at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Education, a year with New York Reentry Education Network.
Yet, as much of a humanitarian crisis as mass incarceration is in the United States of America, an equally debilitating crisis is the one that follows. What happens to incarcerated people when they are released from prison? ### “Reentry” is the accepted term for the process of reentering society after incarceration, and Philadelphia is home to hundreds of thousands of returning citizens.